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Old Today, 06:46 AM
 
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Uncle was the CEO of a billion dollar company, worked there his whole career (41 years). Retired at 60, dead by 71.

Mansion, private jets, yachts, he had it all. Didn't feel good one night, checked into a local hospital and died the next day. He had a good 11 years of retirement.

It happens folks. So for all the people eating cans of beans to save money and driving beater cars keep that in mind, life is a journey but nobody knows when it will end.
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Old Today, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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People rarely change from how they are during the working years .

To many, having money represents financial security , power , independence, comfort ...they like money for the sake of having it ,not for the things money can buy...they love looking at their net worth sheet.

Others like money for spending , they want more to spend more

Others like my old boss likes the art of the deal ...he has a company doing 100 million a year yet he is motivated by deals and buying more companies .

To each his own. My dad lived in a really nice assisted living place for 4 years with Alzheimers. My perspective is somewhat skewed because of it. If nothing else, I intend to have some pretty cool stories to tell if and when I end up there. And none of them will involve money.
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Old Today, 08:03 AM
 
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What a shame he didn't/couldn't retire sooner.
It depends. If you like what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. And, one reason people die in retirement (besides getting old) is they no longer feel productive and they get depressed. I see people still working even though they don't need to. I asked them; they tell me things like "I tried fishing, I tried golf....didn't do anything for me.." So they take on jobs maybe in the same industry but in a lower stress position. Engineering directors or managers might now serve as contractors 20-30 hours a week doing the lower level, technical work they enjoyed earlier in their careers.

Older Americans are dying "deaths of despair" not only from just "sitting around" they're also experiencing huge demographic changes which runs counter to their upbringing. So some, the message they're getting is "It's your fault, you are guilty, you caused the problems." I know this is off topic but whenever I read about someone dying young, this comes to mind.


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Old Today, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Rust'n in Tustin
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So?

What is your point?

I died at work in the '90s, after 7mins 40 secs they were successful the 4th time shocking my heart, but had it not worked, i would not be here. (Anaphylactic shock due to allergic reaction to a sulfa antibiotic resulting in my heart stopping and death). So I'm already on "borrowed time ".

My 30 yr old cousin was murdered in a holdup.

My best friend's son hanged himself at age 24.

My mother passed at age 59 from a devastating disease.

None of them got to retire or collect SS.

The ONLY guarantee in life IS......death will come. Sooner or later will all depend.

Hey Mary Sunshine, who peed in your corn flakes?
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Old Today, 09:16 AM
 
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He died in his sleep on Sunday night. Never got one day of retirement, never got one penny of social security.

Time waits for no man.
**** happens. Iím not cutting my self short on long odds.
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Old Today, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Rust'n in Tustin
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I got laid off at 58. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. It was like winning the lottery.
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Old Today, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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These fast food double bacon wrapped hamburgers full of cheese and french fries it's a wonder you make it out of the place.
I got a stent 2 years ago and now try to eat heart healthy. it's not easy.
I wonder if all these people with heart attacks have a history of eating badly?
My friend died recently of a heart attack, he seemed to strive to eat as unhealthy as possible. If I said anything he looked at me like I'm nuts.
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Old Today, 09:32 AM
 
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I got laid off at 58. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. It was like winning the lottery.
My goal is to retire at 97. I'll have the HR lady wheel me out to the paratransit van to then go commit a white collar crime and be sentenced to the geriatric block at beautiful, warm and sunny Mens Penal Colony at San Luis Obispo where I'll get free medical and dental, play shuffleboard, work in a garden, have a wood shop, use the Wifi, drink coffee with other old timers. Sure beats buying LTC care insurance or spending down my assets.
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Old Today, 09:35 AM
 
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People rarely change from how they are during the working years .

To many, having money represents financial security , power , independence, comfort ...they like money for the sake of having it ,not for the things money can buy...they love looking at their net worth sheet.

Others like money for spending , they want more to spend more
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Old Today, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Rust'n in Tustin
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These fast food double bacon wrapped hamburgers full of cheese and french fries it's a wonder you make it out of the place.
I got a stent 2 years ago and now try to eat heart healthy. it's not easy.
I wonder if all these people with heart attacks have a history of eating badly?
My friend died recently of a heart attack, he seemed to strive to eat as unhealthy as possible. If I said anything he looked at me like I'm nuts.
My buddy in the bay area ate, drank, and smoked. Went in for routine surgery at 56. Had a heart attack two weeks later. Had another heat attack a month after that. Five weeks in a coma.

He was 100 % disabled for two years, then he died at 58. His ex wife, kid, and parents were shocked he died so young.
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